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with Transmission Problems
Imagine that you go out one morning, start
your car, drop it into gear, and ... nothing. The engine speed
doesn't drop off, but there's no movement at all.
Don’t immediately assume that you need a
new transmission. There are a few simple checks available, and
symptoms you can evaluate to see if your transmission is dead, or if
you may be able get away with a simple service. We'll split them up
into manual vs. automatic transmission.
You put it in gear, and the car won't move in any range, forward or
Check the fluid level. It could be that low. If the fluid level is
OK and it still won't move in any range, you're probably looking at
major transmission repairs. However, there's always a possibility
that the linkage has become disconnected.
Does the clutch pedal have any freeplay? If not, it may just be an
adjustment problem. However, there's a good chance you're due for a
The vehicle moves fine in reverse, but not forward.
Try putting the shifter in manual low. If it moves forward now,
you probably have a bad one-way clutch in the transmission. That
means the transmission has to come apart — that's the bad news.
The good news is you may be able to drive the car to the shop by
shifting it manually, from manual low, to second and then into drive
or overdrive. That's because the one-way clutch usually only affects
transmission operation in first gear, and only when the shifter is
in drive. Once you get past first, the rest of the transmission will
Try putting the transmission in third gear. In most transmissions,
third gear is direct drive, so it bypasses a lot of the gearing. If
the transmission moves in third, you'll probably need to have it
rebuilt, but you'll be able to drive it to the shop in third instead
of having to wait for a tow.
The transmission slips severely. If it's an automatic, it may make a
whining or whirring noise.
You may have a clogged transmission filter. Servicing the
transmission may take care of the problem, as long as you do it
If the clutch doesn't have any freeplay, an adjustment may help. If
it does have freeplay, plan on a new clutch.
The car drives fine and then slowly loses the ability to move
forward, but if you shut the key off and wait for 5 minutes, the car
seems to work fine again for a little while.
only; This is a classic dogged-filter scenario. Servicing the
transmission may be all that's necessary, assuming it isn't clogged
with debris from the transmission falling apart.
know it's not fun when something goes wrong with your transmission,
and having repairs done can be a costly nerve-wracking experience.
However, as we’ve mentioned above, transmission problems
does not always mean you need to buy a new transmission.
Review the scenarios above – they could save you money and
reduce your anxieties.
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